Bowl with Secret Decoration

Early 15th century


In the Ming period, white ware reached a peak of refinement, achieving a thin, fine-grained, pure white body and a glaze that was transparent and glossy, without any tinge of color. Such wares were so thin that they were often called “bodiless.” Many monochrome white porcelains of the early fifteenth century repeat the shapes of contemporary blue-and-white vessels and copy the blue designs in incising or low relief. A particularly popular device was to execute the ornament as anhua (“secret decoration”), so delicately incised that it is scarcely visible unless the vessel is held to the light.

This lotus-shaped bowl is decorated with an interior pattern of radiating petals, with a scrolling floral vine and key fret border on the exterior.


  • 标题: Bowl with Secret Decoration
  • 创作日期: Early 15th century
  • 位置: China
  • 实际尺寸: H. 4 in (10.1 cm); Diam. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
  • 出处: (N. V. Hammer, Inc., New York) by 1969; purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1971.
  • 权利: Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
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  • 材质: Porcelain with transparent glaze (White ware)
  • Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)


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